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Symbol

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Symbols are valuable as grounding and unifying objects; when groups of people are thrown together or choose to join in a common cause or purpose it is essential to choose a symbol that all can identify with and that can mark each person as a member of that particular group: a school or a competitive team, a state or a nation, a group protesting or advocating for a joint cause. One must be careful, however, not to identify too closely with a symbol, be it an animal or plant, a song or a document, or a leader or a slogan because if one becomes very closely identified with a symbol, one tends to lose their own identity and believe things about themselves that are not true. One must retain one’s own identity to remain an effective member of a group; to add anything new and innovative to the group one must preserve perspective. symbols, by their very presence, affect emotions in a mostly positive way and promote a feeling of community that we sorely miss in these times. A symbol, thoughtfully recognized and not abused, is a powerful tool for groups to have, not for individuals to cling to. Do you respect and get moved by the symbols in your life?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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